Firefighters raise $12,000 for hurricane victims at “Boot Drive”


Less than a week after partnering with a pair of local business owners to raise about $8,000 for hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, firefighters from the Colusa City Fire Department and the Williams Fire Protection District were at it again this weekend, holding a “Boot Drive” in the City of Williams to continue the county’s fundraising efforts.

With firefighters and engines stationed on each side of the E Street overpass – Colusa on the east side, Williams on the west – volunteers and staff were hard at work on Saturday, waving signs and flagging down passing motorists with money-filled boots in hand. According to Williams Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert, the community’s response was, once again, impressive.

“We raised over $12,000 (between Saturday and Sunday),” Gilbert said.

Emanuel Soto, a Colusa City firefighter who participated in boot drive on Saturday, said that he was pleasantly surprised by the number.

“That’s awesome. I didn’t expect that much,” Soto said. “There was a lot of support, man. I had a vehicle come in and they were actually from Georgia. They mentioned that they were in one of the hurricanes, and they really appreciated us being out there. Overall, I think it was a good event. It was for a good cause, and I think people responded so well to it for that reason.”

Brian Pearson
Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.